Music Department

Music Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a comprehensive program that explores three primary areas:

  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music History and Literature 
  • Applied Lessons and Ensembles

Earning a B.A. in Music will prepare you for a wide variety of professional opportunities or to enter graduate programs for further study. You might even consider pursuing a double major at Hendrix. For example, you could combine Music and Psychology majors for a career in music therapy or Music and Business for a career in the music industry. The possibilities are endless! 

The theory and composition sequence includes MUSI 100, MUSI 201, MUSI 202, MUSI 301, MUSI 302, and electives MUSI 370, MUSI 380, MUSI 430, and MUSI 440.

The history and literature sequence includes MUSI 101, MUSI 401, MUSI 402, MUSI 497 and electives MUSI 180, MUSI 230, MUSI 250, MUSI 260, MUSI 270, and MUSI 280.

The applied lessons and ensembles area includes MUSA 200, MUSA 300, and MUSA 400, and may be repeated to earn full course credits.

Major

12 courses and other additional requirements distributed as follows;

  • MUSI 101 Introduction to Music Studies
  • MUSI 201 Musicianship Skills
  • MUSI 202 Introduction to Diatonic Harmony
  • MUSI 301 Introduction to Chromatic Harmony and Twentieth-Century Practices
  • MUSI 302 Form and Analysis in Western Music
  • MUSI 401 Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Music
  • MUSI 402 Classic, Romantic, and Modern Music
  • MUSI 497 Senior Seminar
  • MUSA SRP Senior Project
  • 4 course credits worth of music electives, which may include credits earned in MUSA 200, 300, and 400 (may be used to satisfy a music elective).
  • 6 semesters of applied music in the major instrument or voice (either MUSA 300 or MUSA 400) (may be used to satisfy a music elective) and
  • 6 semesters of the appropriate ensemble (MUSA 200)
  • 6 semesters of recital attendance (MUSA 1RA Recital Attendance)
  • 3 Music Proficiency examinations
    • MUSA 1AS Aural Skills Proficiency
    • MUSA 1PP Piano Proficiency
    • MUSA 1SS Sight-Singing Proficiency

Senior Capstone Experience

The Senior Capstone Experience for the music major consists of a comprehensive examination and a senior project. The project may take the form of a research paper, a lecture recital, a portfolio of original compositions, or a recital accompanied by written program notes. Preparation for this project is a part of MUSI 497 Senior Seminar. In the space reserved for the Senior Capstone Experience, transcripts for music majors will contain two grades:

  • a grade received for the comprehensive examination
  • a grade received for the senior project.

Minor

The Music Minor may be combined with any other major at Hendrix. Students choose six courses examining topics in music theory, history, and applied study. The Music Minor is a great way to expand your academic knowledge of music while further honing your performance skills. Courses may be chosen from the following:

   Required Courses

  • MUSI 101 Introduction to Music Studies
      or MUSI 150 Introduction to Western Classical Music
  • MUSI 201 Musicianship Skills
  • MUSI 202 Introduction to Diatonic Harmony
  • 1 music history/literature course from the following:
    MUSI 180 Film Music
    MUSI 230 History of Jazz
    MUSI 250 Introduction to Opera
    MUSI 260 Classical and Popular Music since 1900
    MUSI 270 Introduction to World Music and Dance
    MUSI 280 Topics in Music
    MUSI 401 Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Music
    MUSI 402 Classic, Romantic, and Modern Music
  • 1 course credit of private applied study (either MUSA 300 or MUSA 400)
  • 1 elective (MUSA 300/MUSA 400 classes may satisfy the elective requirement)

More specific information for Music Majors and Minors is available in the Music Department Handbook.